Saint Augustine of Hippo

354 - 430

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on art, boldness, earth, possessions, and pride

An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on beginning, day, fatherhood, god, good, humility, kindness, sons, spirituality, tears, and wealth

Picture God as saying to you, "My son, why is it that day by day you rise, and pray, and even strike the ground with your forehead, nay sometimes even shed tears, while you say to Me: 'My Father, give me wealth!' If I were to give it to you, you would think yourself of some importance, you would fancy that you had gained something very great. Because you asked for it, you have it. But take care to make good use of it. Before you had it, you were humble; now that you have begun to be rich, you despise the poor. What kind of a good is that which only makes you worse? For worse you are, since you were bad already. And that it would make you worse you knew not; hence you asked it of Me. I gave it to you, and I proved you; you have found - and you have found out! Ask of Me better things than these, greater things than these. Ask of Me spiritual things. Ask of Me Myself!"

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on cowardice, men, nobility, war, world, and worry

To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world; war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendour. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain, for it is the friction which polishes him. It is the pressure which refines and makes him noble

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on adversity, god, knowledge, prosperity, suffering, and understanding

God will not suffer man to have knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity, he would be senseless.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on angels, devil, humility, men, and pride

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on injustice, justice, and punishment

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on curiosity, discipline, and value

Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on certainty, consequences, death, force, kindness, life, needs, and time

Of this I am certain, that no one has ever died who was not destined to die some time. Now the end of life puts the longest life on a par with the shortest. . . . And of what consequence is it what kind of death puts an end to life, since he who has died once is not forced to go through the same ordeal a second time? They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on belief, faith, and reward

Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content